western decorAs I have been planning to decorate my room for the fall semester, I have found myself wondering “Why do I need to decorate? It’s not like I’m going to be in this room for more than a year.” First, yes I might only be in my dorm room for a year, but in that time I will be in there an average of 15 hours a day.  That is about 1,680 hours for one semester, and that is a long time to have a bland and boring room. The time I will spend in my room will predominately be studying, relaxing, and sleeping, so why not make it feel comfortable.  Second, this is the first time I will be away from home so making it feel welcoming and home-like will help with homesickness and separation anxiety.  Thirdly, the way you decorate will have an impact on your attitude, for example, yellow makes people feel happier while red makes people more anxious. So when choosing western style decor, remember that what you use can impact the way you feel every day and you might not even notice it.

Fourth the way you decorate and what you do with what you have says a lot about who you are as a person.  Undoubtedly I will have a guest or two over to my dorm by the end of the year, and I do not want to portray something negative about myself to whomever I am bringing over.  I do not want a new friend to think I just simply do not care enough to decorate, which could make them think that I do not care as a person.  Finally, this is my first time that I can truly express myself.  If I want to put tapestry’s on every wall, I can.  If I want to give my room a certain theme, I can.  College is a great place to figure out who you are on the inside and what your personal goals are, and you can always change what you have put out in your room.  So to me, décor is important because of image, self-reflection, self-help, and to just express myself.